This Week In Unnecessary Pickoff Attempts- Rizzo vs. Pivetta

One big complaint from baseball fans in recent years has been the length of games, and unnecessary pickoff attempts have often been cited as a factor in that. It’s hard to find one much more unnecessary than what Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Nick Pivetta did Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. With the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo on first base and no one out in the top of the fifth, Pivetta delivered the Platonic form of pickoff attempts, trying to pick off Rizzo while he was standing on the bag:




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